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ATK Reports FY12 Full-Year and Fourth Quarter Operating Results

Thursday, May 03, 2012

ATK Reports FY12 Full-Year and Fourth Quarter Operating Results07:30 EDT Thursday, May 03, 2012Full-Year Fully Diluted EPS Were $7.93 Full-Year Sales Were $4.6 Billion Cash Provided by Operating Activities Was $372 Million ATK Reaffirms FY13 Sales and Cash Flow Guidance ATK Increases EPS Guidance to $6.25 to $6.55 on Lower Than Expected Pension ExpenseARLINGTON, Va., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) today reported operating results for Fiscal Year 2012, which ended March 31, 2012.  The company achieved full-year sales of $4.6 billion, down five percent from the prior year, which is in line with its FY12 guidance.For the full year, net income was down 16 percent to $263 million, compared to $313 million in the prior year.  Full-year earnings per share (EPS) were $7.93, compared to $9.32 in the prior year.  Adjusted EPS increased to $8.78 from $8.65 (see reconciliation table for details). The increase was driven by updated profitability expectations on energetics and other programs, and continued operating efficiencies, partially offset by margin pressures in the Security and Sporting group and reductions in sales volume in the Armament Systems and Aerospace Systems groups.  Full-year operating margins were 10.7 percent.  Orders for the year were $4.2 billion. Full-year free cash flow was $250 million, compared to $291 million in the prior year (see reconciliation table for details).  The current year included $75 million of contributions to the company's pension plans, compared to $8 million the prior year. Sales of $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter were up one percent from the prior-year quarter. Higher sales in the company's Commercial Ammunition and Defense Electronics Systems businesses contributed to the increase, offset by lower sales in the Aerospace Systems and Armament Systems groups.  Fourth quarter margins were 8.5 percent.  Fourth quarter fully diluted EPS were $1.86, compared to $2.10 per share in the prior-year quarter.  The lower EPS reflect the continued margin pressure in the Security and Sporting group, charges incurred for the company realignment, and higher pension expense, partially offset by updated profit expectations as ATK nears completion of energetics and other programs, as well as operating efficiencies.  Orders in the fourth quarter were $1.5 billion, a book-to-bill ratio of 1.1, driven by strong demand in the Security and Sporting group."In FY12, ATK announced a realignment of our business groups, continued expansion of our accessories business, distributed $77 million to shareholders in dividends and share repurchases, and retired $320 million in debt to strengthen our balance sheet," said Mark DeYoung, President and Chief Executive Officer. "More importantly, ATK is committed to generating long-term shareholder value. The company operates under a management model that is focused on improving operating efficiencies and delivering innovative, cost effective products that meet the needs of our customers. We believe this strategy will serve us well in this budget constrained environment."SUMMARY OF REPORTED RESULTS The following table presents the company's results for fiscal year 2012 and the fourth quarter ending March 31, 2012 (in thousands).Sales:Quarters EndedYear EndedMarch 31, 2012March 31, 2011$ Change% ChangeMarch 31, 2012March 31, 2011$ Change%ChangeAerospace Systems$359,655$ 365,657$  (6,002)(1.6)%$  1,347,802$ 1,432,678$(84,876)(5.9)%Armament Systems475,005493,293(18,288)(3.7)%1,583,7761,806,339(222,563)(12.3)%Missile Products199,701190,0019,7005.1%683,963673,69410,2691.5%Security and Sporting281,843252,63729,20611.6%1,002,820929,55373,2677.9%Total sales$1,316,204$ 1,301,588$ 14,6161.1%$  4,618,361$ 4,842,264$(223,903)(4.6)% Income before Interest, Income Taxes, and Noncontrolling Interest (Operating Profit):Quarters EndedYear EndedMarch 31, 2012March 31, 2011$ Change% ChangeMarch 31, 2012March 31, 2011$ Change% ChangeAerospace Systems$     28,758$     32,512$  (3,754)(11.5)%$   143,817$ 131,011$ 12,8069.8%Armament Systems56,82453,5553,2696.1%247,240211,74035,50016.8%Missile Products25,91621,0984,81822.8%87,44868,78718,66127.1%Security and Sporting15,79732,814(17,017)(51.9)%91,234128,437(37,203)(29.0)%Corporate(15,081)(8,093)(6,988)(86.4)%(74,153)(14,249)(59,904)(420.4)%Total operating profit$   112,214$   131,886$ (19,672)(14.9)%$    495,586$ 525,726$ (30,140)(5.7)% SEGMENT RESULTSATK operated in four business groups in FY12: Aerospace Systems; Armament Systems; Missile Products; and Security and Sporting. AEROSPACE SYSTEMSFull-year sales in the Aerospace Systems group were down six percent to $1.3 billion, compared to $1.4 billion in the prior year.  The decrease reflects lower sales in NASA human space flight programs, partially offset by stronger sales in commercial propulsion systems and flares and decoys programs, and the absence of the commercial aerostructures sales and profit reduction recorded in the prior year.For the full year, operating profit increased by 10 percent to $144 million, compared to $131 million in FY11. The year-over-year increase reflects the absence of the commercial aerostructures reduction in sales and profit recorded in the prior year, partially offset by the lower sales volume noted above. Fourth quarter sales fell two percent to $360 million, compared to $366 million in the prior-year period.  The decrease reflects lower revenue on a commercial aerostructures program, partially offset by NASA programs. Operating profit in the quarter was $29 million, compared to $33 million in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to higher warranty expense.ARMAMENT SYSTEMS For the full year, sales in the Armament Systems group fell 12 percent to $1.6 billion, compared to $1.8 billion in the prior year.  The decrease reflects lower modernization funding at the Radford and Lake City Army Ammunition plants, lower sales on non-standard weapons programs, medium-caliber guns and small-caliber ammunition, partially offset by a favorable contract resolution recorded in the second quarter of FY12.Operating profit for the year rose 17 percent to $247 million from $212 million in the prior year.  The increase was primarily driven by updated profitability expectations on contracts within the advanced weapons and energetics businesses and the previously noted contract resolution.Sales in the fourth quarter fell four percent to $475 million, compared to $493 million in the prior-year quarter.  The decrease was driven primarily by lower sales in advanced weapons programs, and lower modernization funding, partially offset by additional sales in medium caliber ammunition.  Operating profit for the quarter rose six percent to $57 million, compared to $54 million in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to updated profitability expectations on contracts within the advanced weapons and energetics businesses. MISSILE PRODUCTS For the full year, sales in the Missile Products group increased by two percent to $684 million, compared to $674 million in the prior year.  The increase reflects additional sales for an international special mission aircraft program and missile warning systems programs, partially offset by a net decrease in composites and other programs.Operating profit for the year increased by 27 percent to $87 million, compared to $69 million in the prior year.  This increase primarily reflects recognition of updated profitability expectations on missile warning systems as well as improved operating efficiencies.Sales in the fourth quarter increased by five percent to $200 million, compared to $190 million in the prior-year quarter. Operating profit increased 23 percent to $26 million, compared to $21 million in the prior-year quarter.  The sales and profit increases primarily reflect updated profitability expectations as noted above.SECURITY AND SPORTING  For the full year, the Security and Sporting group achieved record sales of $1.0 billion, compared to $930 million in the prior year, an increase of eight percent. The increase reflects stronger domestic and international demand for the group's commercial ammunition and accessories businesses.Full-year operating profit fell by 29 percent to $91 million, compared to $128 million in the prior year, primarily reflecting a continued shift in demand toward lower-margin ammunition as well as delays and start-up costs associated with a DoD contract in the tactical accessories business, and increases in commodities costs.Fourth quarter sales grew by 12 percent to $282 million, compared to $253 million in the prior-year quarter.  Strong demand for commercial ammunition contributed to the increase.  Operating profit in the fourth quarter fell 52 percent to $16 million, compared to $33 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting the shift in sales mix, start-up costs, and higher commodities costs as noted above.CORPORATE AND OTHERFor the full year, corporate and other expenses increased to $74 million, compared to $14 million in the prior year, primarily driven by the LUU flares accrual, increased pension expense, higher inter-company eliminations, realignment charges, and costs related to strategic growth initiatives.  The company generated free cash flow of $250 million (see reconciliation table for details). Capital expenditures for the year were $122 million. The effective tax rate for the year was 35.3 percent, compared to 28.5 percent in FY11. The increase reflects the absence of the favorable settlement of IRS audits of the company's FY07 and FY08 tax returns recorded in the prior year and the estimated non-deductible portion of the LUU flares accrual recorded in the current year.In the fourth quarter, corporate and other expenses increased to $15 million, compared to $8 million in the prior-year quarter.  The increase was primarily the result of realignment charges and increased pension expense, partially offset by a reduction in insurance costs.  The tax rate for the quarter was 33.8 percent, compared to 33.9 percent in the prior-year quarter.REALIGNMENTIn February 2012, ATK announced that it would begin operating in a three-group structure in FY13. The three operating units are the Aerospace Group, the Defense Group, and the Sporting Group.  The three-group structure will maximize efficiency, reduce cost, support customer needs, leverage the company's investments and improve overall agility within its markets.  In conjunction with this realignment, ATK recognized realignment charges of $9 million in the fourth quarter of FY12.  The charges related primarily to termination benefits offered to employees, asset impairment charges and costs associated with the closure of certain facilities.OUTLOOKATK reaffirms its initial FY13 guidance of sales in a range of approximately $4.0 to $4.1 billion. The company now expects EPS in a range of $6.25 to $6.55, an increase of $0.25 per share, reflecting lower than anticipated pension expense.  ATK expects free cash flow in the range of $125 to $150 million (see reconciliation table for details), which includes pension contributions of approximately $155 million and capital expenditures of approximately $100 million.  Average share count is expected to be approximately 32.5 million. ATK expects a full-year tax rate of approximately 34.5 percent, which assumes a retroactive extension of the Federal Research and Development (R&D) tax credit which expired on December 31, 2011. Pension expenses are now expected to be approximately $165 million, improved from a previous expectation of $180 million.Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresAdjusted Earnings Per ShareThe Adjusted Earnings Per Share (EPS) excluding the effect of the favorable settlement of IRS audits of the company's FY07 and FY08 tax returns and the LUU flares accrual is a non-GAAP financial measure that ATK defines as earnings per share less the impact of these items.   ATK management is presenting this measure so that a reader may compare EPS excluding these items as management considers them significant non-operational impacts to EPS and believes that this measure provides investors with an important perspective on the operating results of the Company.  ATK management uses this measurement internally to assess business performance and ATK's definition may differ from that used by other companies. Total ATK for the Year Ending March 31, 2012SalesEBITMarginTaxesAfter-taxEPSAs reported$4,618,361$495,58610.73%$143,762$262,612$7.93LUU flares accrual36,3058,07028,2350.85As adjusted$4,618,361$531,89111.52%$151,832$290,847$8.78 March 31, 2011SalesEBITMarginTaxesAfter-taxEPSAs reported$4,842,264$525,72610.86%$124,963$313,711$9.32Favorable IRS settlement--22,289(22,289)($0.66)As adjusted$4,842,264$525,72610.86%$102,674$335,464$8.65Free Cash FlowFree cash flow is defined as cash provided by (used for) operating activities less capital expenditures.  ATK management believes free cash flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available for debt repayment, cash dividends, share repurchases, and acquisitions after making the capital investments required to support ongoing business operations.  ATK management uses free cash flow internally to assess both business performance and overall liquidity. Year Ended March 31, 2012Projected Year Ending March 31, 2013Cash provided by operating activities$   372,307$225,000?$250,000Capital expenditures(122,292)~(100,000)Free cash flow$   250,015$125,000?$150,000*Cash provided by operating activities for the year ended March 31, 2012 included $75 million of pension contributions; with $155 million projected in the year ending March 31, 2013. ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally.  News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.            Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among these factors are: assumptions related to the profitability of current commercial aerospace structures programs; uncertainties related to the development of NASA's new Space Launch System; demand for commercial and military ammunition; changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies, including the impacts of potential sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011, and product sourcing strategies; the company's competitive environment; risks inherent in the development and manufacture of advanced technology; risks associated with the diversification into new markets; assumptions regarding the company's long-term growth strategy; assumptions regarding the growth opportunities in international and commercial markets; increases in commodity costs, energy prices, and production costs; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; program performance; program terminations; changes in cost estimates related to relocation of facilities; the outcome of contingencies, including litigation and environmental remediation; actual pension asset returns and assumptions regarding future returns, discount rates and service costs; capital market volatility and corresponding assumptions related to the company's shares outstanding; the availability of capital market financing; changes to accounting standards; changes in tax rules or pronouncements; economic conditions; and the company's capital deployment strategy, including debt repayment, dividend payments, share repurchases, pension funding, mergers and acquisitions ? including the related costs and any integration thereof. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Media Contact: Investor Contact:Amanda Covington Steve WoldPhone: 703-412-3231 Phone: 952-351-3056E-mail: amanda.covington@atk.com E-mail: steve.wold@atk.com CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS(preliminary and unaudited) QUARTERS ENDEDYEARS ENDED(In thousands except per share data)March 31, 2012March 31, 2011March 31, 2012March 31, 2011 Sales$1,316,204$1,301,588$4,618,361$4,842,264Cost of sales1,073,5921,036,1763,623,4653,840,698Gross profit242,612265,412994,8961,001,566Operating expenses:Research and development24,69222,57266,40364,960Selling48,56345,801169,984164,063General and administrative57,14365,153262,923246,817Income before interest, income taxes, and nocontrolling  interest112,214131,886495,586525,726Interest expense(19,363)(24,333)(89,296)(87,612)Interest income245242676560Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest93,096107,795406,966438,674Income tax provision31,45436,522143,762124,963Net income61,64271,273263,204313,711Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest224169592536Net income attributable to Alliant Techsystems Inc.$61,418$71,104$262,612$313,175Alliant Techsystems Inc. earnings per common share:Basic$1.87$2.12$7.99$9.41Diluted1.862.107.939.32Alliant Techsystems Inc. weighted-average     number of common shares outstanding:Basic32,76933,47632,87433,275Diluted32,97033,83033,11133,615               CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(preliminary and unaudited)March 31(Amounts in thousands except share data)20122011ASSETSCurrent assets:     Cash and cash equivalents568,813$      702,274     Net receivables1,032,270945,611     Net inventories258,495242,028Income tax receivable -22,228     Deferred income tax assets101,72065,843     Other current assets51,51281,249          Total current assets2,012,8102,059,233Net property, plant, and equipment604,498587,749Goodwill1,251,5361,251,536Noncurrent deferred income tax assets134,719100,519Deferred charges and other non?current assets541,298444,808          Total assets $  4,544,861$  4,443,845LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilities:Current portion of long-term debt$     30,000$     320,000     Accounts payable333,980292,281     Contract advances and allowances119,824121,927     Accrued compensation121,901135,442     Accrued income taxes6,433-     Other accrued liabilities310,757193,836          Total current liabilities 922,8951,063,486Long?term debt 1,272,0021,289,709Postretirement and postemployment benefits liabilities111,392126,012Accrued pension liability878,819671,356Other long?term liabilities123,002127,160          Total liabilities3,308,1103,277,723Commitments and contingencies Common stock?$.01 par value:     Authorized?180,000,000 shares     Issued and outstanding?33,143,158 shares at March 31, 2012 and            33,519,072 shares at March 31, 2011332335Additional paid?in?capital537,921559,279Retained earnings2,241,7112,005,651Accumulated other comprehensive loss(910,598)(787,077)Common stock in treasury, at cost?8,412,291 shares held at March 31, 2012 and            8,036,377 shares held at March 31, 2011(642,571)(621,430)          Total Alliant Techsystems Inc. stockholders' equity 1,226,7951,156,758Noncontrolling interest9,9569,364          Total stockholders' equity1,236,7511,166,122          Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$  4,544,861$  4,443,845 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(preliminary and unaudited)Years Ended March 31(Amounts in thousands)20122011Operating ActivitiesNet income$   263,204$   313,711Adjustments to net income to arrive at cash provided by operating activities:   Depreciation98,037100,041   Amortization of intangible assets10,84811,145   Amortization of debt discount12,29317,168   Amortization of deferred financing costs4,7645,157   Deferred income taxes7,51823,018(Gain) loss on disposal of property(2,928)2,281   Share-based plans expense6,7249,740   Excess tax benefits from share-based plans (23)(540)   Changes in assets and liabilities:          Net receivables(210,566)(153,723)          Net inventories(16,466)(6,400)          Accounts payable42,55720,065          Contract advances and allowances(2,103)15,108          Accrued compensation(25,063)(53,616)          Accrued income taxes19,801(40,164)          Pension and other postretirement benefits37,54786,955          Other assets and liabilities126,16371,124Cash provided by operating activities372,307421,070Investing ActivitiesCapital expenditures(122,292)(130,201)Acquisition of business-(172,251)Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment7,3353,001Cash used for investing activities(114,957)(299,451)Financing ActivitiesPayments made on bank debt(20,000)(13,438)Payments made to extinguish debt(300,000)(537,576)Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt-750,000Payments made for debt issue costs-(19,883)Purchase of treasury shares(49,991)-Dividends paid(26,552)(6,700)Proceeds from employee stock compensation plans5,70913,819Excess tax benefits from share-based plans23540Cash (used for) provided by financing activities(390,811)186,762(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(133,461)308,381Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year702,274393,893Cash and cash equivalents at end of year$   568,813$   702,274  SOURCE ATK